It's rare that a designer creates a brand that truly lasts through the generations. The work of Valentino has had that lasting effect. Haute Couture worn by the likes of Sophia Loren, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly (the list goes on), Valentino's designs are more than just fashion; they're narratives of an extraordinary vision. That must be why Somerset House in London starts its Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition this Thursday, November 29th. Highlighting 130 special pieces, the exhibit includes archives of photos from the life of Valentino, as well as a role-reversal catwalk that visitors walk on while viewing the collection. Our favorite part is the section highlighting Princess Marie Chantal of Greece's wedding dress. It includes an in-depth background on the dedicated process behind the gown (every stitch done by hand). It's the definition of true bespoke, and like any great collection, there's a legacy behind the designs. If you happen to be in London, this is definitely worth a drop by.
Exhibit: Valentino: Master of Couture